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How the National Teacher of the Year Brings Joy to Her Classroom

By Kaylee Domzalski & Madeline Will — April 20, 2023 3:13
Peterson has taught high school math classes ranging from intermediate algebra to Advanced Placement Calculus for 11 years at Union High School in Tulsa, Okla.

As the 2023 National Teacher of the Year, Rebecka Peterson, a high school math teacher in Tulsa, Okla., has tried to help her students and her fellow teachers see the good that happens in the classroom.

Here, she shares how she promotes joy and stays positive, and offers advice for teachers who may be struggling.

Kaylee Domzalski is a video producer for Education Week.
Madeline Will is an assistant managing editor for Education Week, leading coverage of school leadership and general education trends.
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